Sunday, May 17, 2015

Call for Poems, Essays and Stories by Women Writers Living in Western NC



Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham issuing…
A call for entries for our fourth (and final?) anthology of WNC women writers
It’s All Relative!
Family Noir or Family Extraordinaire
Send us your very best stories, essays, and poems—real or imagined, whichever is your bent…
We’re looking for the good, the bad, and the ugly—with emphasis of the ugly, the strange, the odd, the quirky, the peculiar—even the extraordinary, the  hilarious, the supernatural.
Dig deep. Go “underground.” But please submit your very best, most creative, well-edited work.
General guidelines:
Deadline: June 1. We are aiming for a fall “launch.”
Short is better—2000 words the absolute word limit—and no more than forty contributors
Send in Word doc or docx or rtf only. If we can’t open it easily, we won’t read it.
Use Times New Roman, 12 point font, double space, with one inch margins.
Previously published material is fine if you have the rights.
We reserve the right to edit accepted manuscripts, but do not wish to do heavy editing.
Include your bio of no more than 50 words.
Contributors will receive one complimentary copy and a reduced price on initial purchase/s.
Send material to Celia Miles at celiahoopermiles@gmail.com, as an attachment.
We know WNC has excellent writers. We look forward to hearing from you.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Celebrating Mother's Day a Week Early With Jeremy and Lynn

EARLY MOTHER'S DAY CELEBRATION --Getting high ( 5342 feet) with my children on the Appalachian Trail at Wayah Bald.


















Monday, April 20, 2015

YOU ARE A WRITER AND YOU WANT TO TAKE A WRITING CLASS



Nancy Simpson recommends:

HELLO MOUNTAIN WRITERS, Here is a new writing class I highly recommend and it will be taught in Hayesville, NC. THE PRICE IS RIGHT, for sure.



Dana teaches at Writers Circle in  Hayesville, NC on April 25, Saturday, 10 - 1:00 p.m.
Words are all we have - title of Dana's class for all genre writers. 
$35.00 for three hour class. Contact Glenda Beall - glendabeall@msn.com 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Celebration of NATIONAL POETRY MONTH Held in Hayesville, NC


Coffee With The Poets, a program of NC Writers Network West celebratedNational Poetry Month with two featured readers, Glenda Barrett of Hiawassee, Georgia and Nancy  Simpson of Hayesville, NC on April 8, 2015. The event was held at Joe's Coffee Shop in Hayesville.

What a fun time. Thanks to all who where there.

Glenda Barrett, Glenda Beall, Carole Thompson, Bob Grove



NCWN West members and fellow poets
All living within driving distance are welcome to join NCWN West. 
http://www.ncwriters-west.org/ Serving writers in the western Carolina mountains. We are a 24 year old program of the statewide NCWN. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

TOMORROW, TOMORROW, I LOVE YOU TOMORROW, YOU'RE ONLY A DAY AWAY!


Celebrate National Poetry Month


This is National Poetry Month, and tomorrow, to celebrate, I will read some of my poems at Joe's Coffee Shop in Hayesville, NC. Because of a change in plans, Glenda Barrett, my long time friend and fellow poet from Hiawassee, Georgia will read also. Glenda Barrett is the most authentic  Appalachian poet writing in the mountains today.  She is the author of  WHEN THE SAP RISES and hundreds of individual poems.
Brenda Kay Ledford, also an outstanding Appalachian poet, known to you as "THE BLUE RIDGE POET,was scheduled to read, but had to cancel because of family matters. Please keep Brenda Kay in mind and her mother, our dear one Blanche Ledford, who is recovering from surgery. 
--Nancy Simpson
...AND A NOTE FROM GLENDA BEALL, founder of coffee with the Poets
We are happy that Glenda Barrett, artist, poet and writer from Hiawassee, Georgia will read with Nancy Simpson at Coffee with the Poets and Writers on Wednesday, April 8. Brenda Kay Ledford had to cancel and we appreciate Glenda Barrett stepping in at the last minute.












A long-time member of Netwest, Glenda’s work has been widely published. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Journal of Kentucky Studies, Woman's World, Farm & Ranch Living, Country Woman, Chicken Soup for the Soul and in anthologies, Lights in the Mountains and Echoes across the Blue Ridge. Her artwork is online at Fine Art America. Finishing Line Press, in 2008, published her poetry chapbook titled, "When the Sap Rises.”
Come and enjoy two experienced and well-loved local poets. Bring a poem or short prose to read at open mic. Bring a friend and enjoy Joe's delicious coffee and have a bagel with cream cheese. Joe has welcomed our writers to  his shop and I hope we will come out and show our appreciation.


Glenda Council Beall
828-389-4441

Monday, April 6, 2015

EVENTS AT YOUNG HARRIS COLLEGE


A message from Rosemary Royston


All:  Greetings!  I wanted to be sure you all are aware of the upcoming events we are having at YHC.  Edward Hirsch, prize-winning poet and president of the Guggenheim Foundation, will be reading on campus, Thursday, April 9th at 7 pm, Suber Banquet Hall in the Rollins Campus Center.  The event is free and open to the public.  We are thrilled to have Hirsch on campus.  You may find the press release here:  http://www.yhc.edu/yhc%E2%80%99s-annual-reece-lecture-feature-celebrated-poet-edward-hirsch

We are also hosting the Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival, beginning on Friday, April 10th and going through the weekend.  General admission is $20.00, and there is a large line-up of award-winning storytellers.  More information is here:http://www.yhc.edu/yhc-host-first-annual-georgia-mountain-storytelling-festival, and tickets may be purchased in advance here:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgia-mountain-storytelling-festival-april-10-11-2015-tickets-14172300733.

I hope you'll be able to join us for one or both of these events.

Thanks, and happy writing!
Rosemary

-- 
Rosemary Royston

Friday, April 3, 2015

COFFEE WITH THE POETS AT JOE'S COFFEE SHOP HAYESVILLE,NC



Nancy Simpson



Brenda Kay Ledford

April is poetry month and there is no finer way to celebrate than attending Coffee with the Poets, a monthly event held at Joe’s Coffee Shop and Trading Post, 82 Main Street, Hayesville, NC. North Carolina Writers Network-West sponsors this event which meets at10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Recently a visitor to our area said, "This should be on a list of things to do here!"

Two widely published local poets, members of NCWN West, Brenda Kay Ledford and Nancy Simpson, are featured on the program this month. Coffee with the Poets and Writers is open to the public at no charge. Bring a poem or short prose, 1000 words or less, and read at Open Mic. Joe’s Coffee shop serves fine coffees and teas, and snacks can be purchased.

Brenda Kay Ledford is a well-known poet and native of Clay County, NC. She holds a Master of Arts in Education from Western Carolina University. She has done post-graduate work in Appalachian Studies, and the theme of most of her writing is her Appalachian heritage.

Brenda received the Paul Green Multimedia Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians seven times for her books, her collections of oral history, and her blog Historical Hayesville. Her work has appeared in Our State, Carolina Country Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Appalachian Heritage, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Journal of Kentucky Studies, Asheville Poetry Review, Country Extra Magazine, Blue Ridge Parkway Silver Anniversary Edition Celebration, and many other journals.

Finishing Line Press published Brenda’s poetry books: Shewbird Mountain, Sacred Fire, and Beckoning. She co-authored Simplicity with Blanche L. Ledford.  She is also an outstanding photographer as you can see on her blog, Blue Ridge Poet.

Nancy Simpson lives in Hayesville, NC. Through 2010 she served as Resident Writer at the John C. Campbell Folk School. She taught many of the poets and writers in this area in her classes there and at Tri-County Community College. She also taught poetry for ICL at Young Harris College.

Nancy is the author of three poetry collections: Across Water, Night Student, and most recently Living Above the Frost Line, New and Selected Poems (Carolina Wren Press, 2010). She also edited Echoes Across the Blue Ridge (anthology 2010). She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a BS in education from Western Carolina University. She received a NC Arts Fellowship and co-founded NC Writers Network-West.

Simpson’s poems have been published in The Georgia Review, Southern Poetry Review, Seneca Review, New Virginia Review, Prairie Schooner and others. Her poems have been included in anthologies, Word and Wisdom, 100 Years of N.C. Poetry and Literary Trails of N.C. (2008). Her poems have also been featured in Southern Appalachian Poetry, a textbook anthology published at McFarland Press.
Visit her blog, Living Above the Frost Line to learn more about her.  

Contact NCWN West Representative, Glenda Beall, at 828-389-4441 or glendabeall@msn.com  for information.



Friday, March 27, 2015

Just Write class taught by Karen Paul Holmes

Important message to my writing students and fellow writers, 

Many of you have asked me about writing classes, when am I going to teach again and can I suggest a class. It is not likely that I will ever teach again although I want that more than anything. I still work with writers privately. The good news here is that I am suggesting an excellent week long writing class, at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, JUST WRITE, to be taught by 



Karen Paul Holmes at the John C. Campbell Folk School. If you live in one of the surrounding counties, you can get the class at half price. One-on-one coaching is her speciality. The focus of this class is YOU, your ideas and time for you to actually get some writing done, complete the project you want to finish, or start the new project you have been putting off. The class begins Sunday May 3, 2015. Register now. Call for more info. 1 800 Folkschool, (828) 837 2775 or 365 5724  
Photo of Ms Holmes under the Poet Tree at the Folk School.



Here is the class description:

Just Write
A prompt a day will keep you writing away…or bring your own ideas and finally have time to write what you've been itching to write. We'll dig into a magic bag of inspiration including nature walks, music, and favorite poems or passages by favorite writers. Self-editing tips and one-on-one coaching will help make your pieces stronger. Ideal for poetry, memoir, or short-fiction writers of all levels. 

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=17708


Hugs and happy spring,
Karen

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Author Steve Harvey will Speak Saturday in Hayesville.




Nonfiction Author Dr. Steven Harvey will Speak in Hayesville

Saturday, March 28, 4:30 p.m. Joe’s Coffee House and Trading Post, in Hayesville, NC will host Dr. Steven Harvey, author and University Professor, who will talk about his new memoir, The Book of Knowledge and Wonder, a memoir about coming to terms with the suicide of his mother when he was a young boy. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

The book was published by Ovenbird Books as part of the “Judith Kitchen Select” series. A section of the memoir appeared in The Best American Essays 2013 selected by Cheryl Strayed. He is also the author of three books of personal essays. A Geometry of Lilies, Lost in Translation, and Bound for Shady Grove and edited an anthology of essays written by men on middle age called In a Dark Wood. 

He is a professor emeritus of English and creative writing at Young Harris College, a member of the nonfiction faculty in the Ashland University MFA program in creative writing, and a senior editor for River Teeth magazine. He is the creator of The Humble Essayist, a website designed to promote literary nonfiction. 

He lives in the north Georgia mountains. You can learn more about Steve and his work at his web site: www.steven-harvey-author.com .

This program is sponsored by Writers Circle around the Table. Contact Glenda Beall, 828-389-4441 for more information.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

POETRY WORKSHOP AT WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY




Dear Poets,

This is a special, intimate workshop--perfect for those of you who would especially like to write and share in a small group. It will be limited to thirteen participants and although we'll focus on poetry, it will be an inspiring gathering for all writers who want to pay close attention to language.

The Blue Mountains are a stunningly beautiful location--an ideal environment for inspiration and creativity.

If this sounds like the time and space for writing that you need, please join us!

Ellen BASS






THE WORLD SPLIT OPEN
A Writing New Poems Workshop
July 5-10, 2015
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

 
In 1968 the great poet Muriel Rukeyser wrote, “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?/ The world would split open.” This week all of us—men and women—will journey into that world of truth-telling.

But it isn't so easy to tell the truth. Not only do we need courage, but we need craft. As another great writer, Willa Cather said, "Only the artist . . . knows how difficult it is." And so we will study the craft together, reading model poems by contemporary poets and discussing central topics, such as the concept of discovery, image and metaphor, sentiment and sentimentality, and the power of sensory detail. We will engage our greatest resources—attention, precision, imagination—to bring our own new poems into being. We’ll strive for language that is accurate, fresh, and alive and we’ll learn strategies to help us write poems whose form, music, rhythm, diction, and meaning work together as a powerful whole.

With the inspiration of this gathering, expect to surprise yourself in making poems that are more vivid, more true, more beautiful and complex than you’ve ever written before. Both experienced and beginning poets are welcome, as are teachers of poetry. And because rich, textured, evocative language is the province of all writers, this workshop will be applicable to writers of fiction and memoir as well.

Levels: All
Class Size Limit: 13
Tuition: $795

For more information, email Norma Hendrix at norma@cullowheemountainarts.org.

Registration is now open for this workshop.
Please Note: Because The World Split Open workshop is limited in size, the registration, cancellation, and refund policies are different from other workshops at Cullowhee Mountain Arts. Registration must be accompanied by a 50% deposit when you register. Your full balance is due April 1, 2015. Registrations made after April 1, 2015 must be accompanied by payment in full. If you cancel before April 1, 2015 your payment will be refunded, minus your deposit. If you need to cancel for any reason after April 1, your payment will be refunded only if we can fill your space with someone from the wait list. Please let us know as soon as possible if you can’t come so we have the best chance of filling your space with another poet who would like to attend.

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS Office: 598 W. Main, Sylva, NC 28734 828.342.6913



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Thursday, February 19, 2015

STORYTELLING AT YOUNG HARRIS COLLEGE


Becoming Part of the Story of Appalachia
A special announcement from Young Harris College:


Many people do not realize that Georgia has wild, beautiful mountains that are home to a rich legacy of Appalachian culture.  Young Harris College will celebrate Appalachian culture, particularly the spoken word tradition, during the first annual Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival to be held on the college campus April 10-11, 2015.  


The Festival will feature some of the brightest stars in storytelling, including Lloyd Arneach, Lyn Ford, Hannah Harvey, Andy Offutt Irwin, Bil Lepp, Minton Sparks, Cayce Terrell, Tom Lawrence, Jr., and Sweet Sunny South. Listeners of all ages will learn about the fascinating cultural history of Appalachia through storytelling and have the opportunity to become part of its preservation. Performances by  featured tellers will enrich and educate listeners.  Workshops taught by the tellers will enable festival-goers to claim their own voices and become storytellers themselves. The Festival will bring all of us a little closer together by showing that, as individuals and families, we share many of the same dreams, the same aspirations, the same stories.
To learn more about the event, purchase tickets, or make an online donation, go to http://gmsf.eventbrite.com
You can also find us under Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival on Facebook. Feel free to contact us at storytelling@yhc.edu or 706-379-5115

WRITING CLASS OFFERED IN HAYESVILLE, NC


Getting Back to the Basics of English Grammar 
 Paula Canup, writer, journalist and former English teacher, will present a workshop on
Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Writers’ Circle. 
Fee: $25
Phone: 828-389-4441
To register, mail check to:
 Writers Circle
581 Chatuge Lane
Hayesville, NC 28904 
Deadline for registration: March 3
Did you sleep through grammar class? Or was it so long ago you’ve forgotten most of what you learned?
This class is for all writers who want to submit polished work for consideration by agents, editors and publishers. It would also be good for those who find they need to brush up on writing skills for their job. We all make errors in grammar, punctuation and word usage. For some, writing dialogue is especially tricky.  Where do we place quotation marks? Does a question mark go inside or outside the quotation marks? These and many other questions about basic grammar will be addressed in this class.
Paula Canup is a former middle school English teacher who has also worked as a tutor in English grammar. 
After retiring from teaching, Paula wrote articles for a regional magazine, Southern Distinction. She later wrote regular columns for two local newspapers, The Leader in Oconee County, GA, and, locally, The Sentinel.  She worked for a year as a staff writer for the Clay County Progress
Paula still enjoys writing non-fiction and memoirs, though she currently focuses on painting as her means of artistic expression.  She and her husband moved to Hayesville, NC from Athens, GA, in 2008, and now live on the side of a mountain where they enjoy the natural beauty of “God’s Country.”
Glenda Council Beall

Monday, February 16, 2015

HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL AUTHOR by Glenda Beall

http://glendacouncilbeall.blogspot.com/ click here if you want to know how to be a successful author. Also learn about writing workshops in the western NC and north Georgia mountains.   



WHERE ARE OUR YOUNG WRITERS STUDYING THESE DAYS?


Where are our young poets, fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers studying these days? Some are enrolled at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia near the state line between Georgia and North Carolina, at the former 2 year college that for over 100 years was often number one in the nation and in recent years became a four year college with a strong English Department. 

The big news is these young students are competing among other young writers, three of them having just been named finalist in the 2015 Agnes Scott Creative Competition. 



Three YHC Students Become Finalists in Prestigious Writing Competition
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Three Young Harris College Students Become Finalists in Prestigious Writing Competition
Three Young Harris College students are achieving success in YHC’s blossoming creative writing program. English majors Alison Missler, a senior from Maysville, Emma Jones, a junior from East Ellijay, and Sarah Boudreau, a sophomore from Cumming, were recently selected as nonfiction finalists in the 44th Annual Agnes Scott Writer’s Festival Contest. Representing three out of only five finalists, YHC’s showing in the contest is nothing short of impressive.
“It’s extremely difficult to become a finalist in the Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival Contest,” said Director of the Creative Writing Program and Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Chelsea Rathburn. “The competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students across the state of Georgia, and Alison, Emma, and Sarah’s work was read alongside that of writers in Ph.D. programs. This is a huge accomplishment.”
YHC creative writing students are encouraged to submit their best work to various publications and contests throughout the year. The Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival Contest is a statewide writing competition for colleges and universities in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The finalists’ works are published in the festival’s magazine, and prestigious visiting writers select the prizewinners in each genre.
“YHC has given me many opportunities to have my work published both locally and statewide including the College’s Corn Creek Review and the Agnes Scott Writing Festival Contest,” said Jones. “The creative writing program’s workshops give me a chance to get feedback which is very helpful if you are aiming to have your work published.”
Beginning with an introductory course that covers multiple genres of writing in their sophomore year, creative writing students participate in writing workshops in their areas of interest. By their senior year, students will have honed in on a specific type of writing or genre.
“The workshop is at the heart of any creative writing program,” said Rathburn. “What sets YHC apart, though, is our small class sizes which allow for one-on-one mentoring from faculty. Our curriculum has been carefully designed to offer students both rigor and the flexibility to pursue their passions.”
The program has gracefully completed the transition from a track-based appendage of the English major to becoming its own fully fledged major at YHC. While current senior English majors could not enjoy all four years of the new program, many can attest to the impact these courses have had on their education.
“I look back at my poems from two years ago and I feel like I was a completely different writer,” said Missler, who is also a finalist in the fiction genre category of the Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival Contest. “The English department is continually growing stronger. It’s a wonderful feeling to be a senior and recognize how I’ve grown over the past four years and still see so much potential for the future.”
The major has expanded the number of creative writing classes at YHC while continuing to offer students a strong foundation in literature. Students study the form and theory of poetry or narrative, participate in advanced workshops, and complete an extended creative project their senior year.
“My classes have been fantastic and my professors have helped me engage with and think critically about the material,” said Boudreau. “I’m taking some really interesting courses this semester that make me excited to get up and go to class every day.”
According to Rathburn, the goal of YHC’s creative writing program is to provide an ideal curriculum that prepares students for writing, publishing and various other career opportunities following graduation. Having spent a number of years in the marketing and communications field, Rathburn anticipates a growing demand for quality writers.
“Many of my clients were thrilled to know that I had a strong background in creative writing,” said Rathburn. “From writing for websites, press releases, advertising, and editing magazines or books to attending graduate school or writing the next ‘Great American Novel,’ our creative writing majors can pursue many career opportunities.”
Prizewinners of each category will be announced during the Agnes Scott Writer’s Festival Contest and receive $500 dollars. Finalists will be given the opportunity to read their pieces during the Festival, which takes place in March.
“I can’t say enough how proud I am of Sarah, Emma and Alison,” said Rathburn. “They are all incredible writers and very deserving of this honor.” 




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YHC English majors Sarah Boudreau, Emma Jones and Alison Missler were selected as finalists in the Agnes Scott Writer's Festival Contest. They are seen here with Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Chelsea Rathburn.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

CELEBRATING THE POEMS OF KIT BORDEN


FOUR POEMS BY KIT BORDEN





Wild Things

Yellow-headed step-children, 
Persistent and wild, taking,
Taking orders from no one, uninvited
Each year appearing in the garden,
Blooming and sending out
Fluffy and white balls of seed
My children will wish on.
Each year more numerous
Than the year before,
Bringing friends with you,
Filling the garden of neat green
With dots of yellow.
Our ancestors did not call you weeds.
You gave them wine, coffee, and greens
And they called you dandelions. 


Beginnings

How does a sea creature know how?
    Who teaches a scallop to furl?
    Why does a sand dollar grow flat,
And conchs grow their homes in tight whirls?
     Oysters and clams have dull colors
    And coquinas grow rainbow arrays.
     Wondrous things along the seashore
   Never cease to amaze.
When we go looking for seashells,
    do we wonder where it all began?
Creatures so different and intricate,
    All taken for granted by man.

And She Laughed
"Caretakers of the world,
    unite, revolt," I said.
She laughed, my mother,
    Caretaker of my years.
She was dying, and she laughed.
    "You need to put the tablemats
Away at night," she had said.
  She couldn't control the cancer,
So she worried about small things.
    And she laughed.













Orange and Purple Sunset

How does God find the time each day
To paint the sky in bright array?
I'm traveling early morning roads
When the palette in the sky explodes.
It never ceases to amaze
To watch the sky become ablaze
As sunrise lifts o'er mountain haze
And colors come in streaks and rays.
It's times like these--cool, crisp, and clear--
I see his work, and God is near. 

The poems above by Kit Borden were first published in Out of Our Hearts and Minds, Poetry and Prose by the Transylvania Writers' Alliance (2006).



About the Poet:
Catherine (Kit) Townsend Borden was born in Charleston, South Carolina, but now lives with her husband David in Transylvania County with magnificent views of the mountains. However, Charleston and the sea still hold a special place in her heart, as do the beauty and friendships she finds while traveling in Mexico. She has taught all ages from preschoolers to adults, but children are her favorites, and she has written a number of stories for them. Kit also participates in fundraisers to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research, riding along on her scooter for fifty mile walks. She also used sales from the Transylvania Writers' Alliance's 2006 anthology to add additional moneys to that research. 
    

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Our Fellow NC Writers' Netwest Writer Barbara Steelman Groce has Died

Sad as my heart is tonight hearing the news of Barbara's passing, I find I can only face this loss as she would want me to --by celebrating her life and more than that, by celebrating her gift for poetry. 

I first met Barbara Groce at Coffee With the Poets in Hayesville,  NC. One  week later she took my poetry writing class at John C. Campbell Folk School. I will always remember how she breezed in each day, dressed as if at a special event, always with a smile, always writing poems from the heart. In the photo below, I remember I asked her if she planned her outfit to match the silk flowers on our table. I was impressed with Barbara's poems and celebrated her poems and featured her on my poetry blog three different times. In March 2013 she was featured as Poet of the Month. (To read three posts about Barbara and her poems, click on the http addresses below.) 



 Barbara Groce at another  poetry class at John C. Campbell Folk School.

To read more about Barbara Steelman Groce and her Poetry, see posts from Nancy Simpson's LIVING ABOVE THE FROST LINE BLOG BELOW. 
CELEBRATING POET OF THE MONTH BARBARA GROCE MARCH 7, 2013
http://nancysimpson.blogspot.com/2013/07/celebrating-poet-of-month-barbara-groce.html

LET US CELEBRATE POEMS BY BARBARA GROCE MARCH-7-2013

http://nancysimpson.blogspot.com/2013/07/let-us-celebrate-poems-by-barbara-groce.html


Four Poems Meet Appalachian Poet May 2010


http://nancysimpson.blogspot.com/2010/05/four-poems-meet-appalachian-born-
poet.html


Below, written by her family.


Barbara Groce, 82, passed away in her home, February 2, 2015, 2015 following a brief illness.  She is survived by her husband Bill, three children, Hal of Charlotte, NC, Marti and Clark of Woodstock, GA, along with six grandchildren, Hal and Sherri’s children Erin and Zachary of Charlotte, Clark and Stacy’s children, Megan, Claire, Caroline of Asheville and Woodstock and Marti’s daughter Gabbi of Woodstock.  She is also survived by sister, Susan Webb, Stantonsburg, NC, and two brothers, Robert of Danville, PA and Harold of Holly Springs, NC. 
Born in St. Charles, a small coal mining community in western Virginia, Barbara moved to Kinston, North Carolina at age nine.   She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and earned a Master’s in Education from Eastern Carolina University.  Barbara taught in the North Carolina Public School System.  She met her husband Bill in Charlotte, NC where their three children were born.  Barbara retired from teaching with the birth of their first child.  Barbara held a lifelong love of art, particularly hand crafted items.   She built a successful business making wooden ornaments when they moved to Asheville, NC.  She and friends started a successful handcraft business and opened a cross stitch shop in Charlotte.  Upon moving to Atlanta in 1983, Barbara turned her energy to North Fulton Community Charities where she was a regular, working in the intake section.

Upon moving to the North Georgia Mountains in 2007, she turned to poetry as an outlet for the childhood and lifetime memories pressing for release.  Although she had never written, she poured her energy into learning.  She attended a number of classes and workshops, including the annual Writer’s Conference sponsored by the Blue Ridge Arts Center.  Numerous area, regional and national poets shared generously to mentor her. Barbara is a member of the Georgia Poetry Society, North Carolina Writers Network, the Kentucky State Poetry Society, the Shallow Enders and her local church poetry group.  

Barbara’s poems have been published in Pegasus, journal of the Kentucky State Poetry Society, Reach of Song, 2011, annual publication of the Georgia Poetry Society, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Spring 2011 and local newspapers.  She has won awards from the Kentucky State Poetry Society (2009, 2010, 2011) and the Illinois State Poetry Society (2010).  She published two Chapbooks, Appalachian Girl and Christmas Legends and in 2012 Cardinal House Publishing released a comprehensive collection of her poems entitled the Dancing Years.

Despite success building handcraft businesses and a late life poetry career, Barbara’s priority was her family, particularly her grandchildren.  She has left a strong legacy.  Her poetry reflects her character and values and will reinforce her influence through generations.   
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to the Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association, Writers Conference.  Checks should be made to BRMAA with Barbara Groce on the memo line.  The Art Center will know to direct the funds to benefit the Writer’s Conference.  The mailing address is 420 W. Main St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513.

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